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Survey Research: Idahoans Don’t Trust Federal Government Institutions
Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributing Editor
Idaho Republicans don’t have much trust in any institution that has to do with the federal government, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows. Hey, barely half of Idaho Republicans even have confidence in their own GOP U.S. senators and representatives, the new, comprehensive survey by Dan Jones & Associates finds. Jones asked on a scale of 1...

If I Were Moderating the Presidential Debate
Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Tonight will be the first presidential debate this year between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It is the first of three. In my fantasy world, the presidential candidates would be required to do a debate in each of the 50 states, focused on the particular issues that impact each state. If one were held in Idaho, here are the questions I would...

Idaho Experts Panel: Most Influential Idahoans
Todd Cranney, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week’s question: Who would you put on the "Mount Rushmore" of Idaho for the four most influential people in the history of the state? Travis Hawkes - Managing Director, Riverwood Strategies. This is a great question, and a good reminder that the sculptor of Mt Rushmore, Gutzman Borglum, is from Idaho. My list would be Joe Albertson, JR...

Crapo on Budget Fight: ‘We Cannot Quit’
Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Sen. Mike Crapo, seeking his third term in office, has found common ground in at least one area with his Democratic opponent, Jerry Sturgill. Although Crapo has been in the Senate for 18 years, he also is frustrated with the gridlock and dysfunction in Congress. “According to polls, only about 13 percent of the people give Congress a positive...

Idaho Economic Outlook: Performing Arts are Important to Idaho’s Economy
Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Idaho’s performing arts—symphonies, operas, dance, and theater—enable patrons to suspend reality for just a moment, connecting more deeply with themselves and the surrounding community. Among the many industries that support local economies, the performing arts stands out by simultaneously delivering cultural vibrancy and economic vitality....

Guest Commentary: Adding Lanes Adds More Vehicles
Rick Just
I’m running for Ada County Highway District commissioner, so I’ve been asking people what they’d like to see that would improve transportation in Ada County. Often, I hear that we should add more lanes to various collector streets. I wish it were that easy. It just seems logical that if you add a lane to a busy road you’ll decrease traffic...

Help Celebrate 100th Birthday of National Park System
Press Release
Join National Parks Director Jonathan B. Jarvis for a special discussion on our national parks system as it celebrates its 100th birthday. The event will be held Oct. 18, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Simplot Ballroom of Boise State's Student Union Building, 1700 University Drive. They have been called America's Best Idea, America's...

Trump’s ‘Art of the Deal’
LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Donald Trump continues to flirt with deception and half-truths, like questioning whether Pres. Obama was born in the United States and then blaming the 2008 Clinton campaign for starting the rumors. But playing fast and loose with the facts doesn’t hurt him because his supporters assume it’s part of his shtick, part of his game designed to keep...

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IDLCC Autumn, Ballots and Cider
When: Wednesday, Sept 28, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Meriwether Cider Company, 5242 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID
Celebrate the turn of seasons with the Idaho Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. Drink a delicious cider and see how you can get involved with Get Out the Vote efforts. Tickets are $40 and include a glass of cider and appetizers. Questions or RSVP to Shelby Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 398-0148. More info.

Meridian Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) Info Session
 When: Saturday, Oct 1, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: New Ventures Lab, Inc, 33 E Idaho Ave, Meridian, ID
Parents and students in grades 6-12 are invited to this info session about starting your own business. YEA! will take your idea and help turn it into a real business. Don't just plan for your future, start it now. Free and open to the public. More info.

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Idaho Headlines

Marty Trillhaase: Potholes beat pupils once; might do it again (Lewiston Tribune)

Rural school grapple with open carry rules for faculty (Lewiston Tribune)

Overtime change: Local companies react to federal rule revision (Press-Tribune)

Sneak peek to next legislative session (Press-Tribune)

Clinton leads Trump in Blaine fundraising (Mountain Express)

Lawsuit may affect commercial lending in Idaho (Capital Press)

Obamacare creating medical class warfare (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Stop making Oliver Twist pay for Bruce Wayne (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

S. Idaho economic development chief resigns (Capital Press)

Fulcher getting early start on gov race in Magic Valley (Times-News)

Idaho judge rules state had power to decide Boise River issue (Idaho Statesman)

Skittles comment shouldn’t be ‘distraction,’ Trump’s son says in Boise (Idaho Statesman)

Airport workers found ‘leafy substance’ in Idaho AG staffer’s bag (Idaho Statesman)

Donald Trump Jr. defends Skittles post in Boise campaign stop (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Sen. Crapo quietly builds record, moves past DUI (Spokesman-Review)

Crapo’s Democratic challenger counts on math, ‘moral analysis’ (Spokesman-Review)

Challenger faults Rep. Labrador’s 2014 vote against military budget (Spokesman-Review)

Murky waters (CDA Press)

Idaho Attorney General's Spokesperson Resigns After Marijuana Citation (Boise State Public Radio)

Trump Son's Boise Visit Touches On Public Lands, Refugee Tweet (Boise State Public Radio)

Lawmakers: It's time to review fund balances (Idaho Education News)

State Board wants to keep dual-credit program intact (Idaho Education News)

Yantis investigation: Q & A with producer Seth Ogilvie (Idaho Reports)

Crowd sourcing a campaign (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines